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The McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging draws upon the expertise of our researchers, trainees, and older adults and caregivers to strengthen the capacity in patient-oriented research and improve health system performance and older adult and caregivers’ experiences.  

Benefits of Becoming a Member of the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging 

Be part of the solution! As a member of the Collaborative, you will: 

  • Build your knowledge and skills related to the Collaborative’s areas of focus: the science of engagement with older adults, complex health interventions for older adults and caregivers, access and use of secondary data for healthy aging to Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) and ICES linked data. 
  • Be informed of news and opportunities connected to the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit and other Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) initiatives. 
  • Engage and partner with individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines but with similar values and interests in improving health and optimizing aging. 
  • Share your expertise to support, catalyze, and build capacity for patient-oriented research with a focus on aging in the province. 
  • Strengthen your understanding and capacity for building meaningful partnerships between researchers and people with lived/living experiences to contribute to improved health care practices and policies. Have access to foundational training for patient-oriented research including what is patient-oriented research, why do it, and best practices for engagement. 

If you are a researcher, trainee, older adult or caregiver, and are interested in getting involved in the Collaborative, we would like to hear from you! 

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Why should you become a part of the Collaborative?

There are benefits regardless of the stage of your project or career:

  • Idea formulation: Our Older Adult and Caregiver Partners may be able to provide feedback or be willing to engage in a generative discussion to help you shape your research plan. 
  • Team building: Identify and connect with other researchers who may broaden and strengthen your team. 
  • Pre-grant: Letters of Collaboration or support from the Collaborative may strengthen grant proposals. 
  • Post-grant: The Collaborative may be a suitable partner in supporting the mobilization of your research findings and knowledge products. 
  • Connect with other research teams in the province: Through support requests to the Collaborative, engage with researchers from other organizations/institutions (co-investigator or co-authorship status may be available/suitable). 
  • Connect with other trainees and share your research and training experiences with aging-focused patient-oriented research.
  • Expand your network and connections to a diverse group of aging-focused researchers from various disciplines.
  • Be invited to contribute (funding available) to the operations and deliverables of the Collaborative (e.g., training materials to support the meaningful engagement of, and partnership with, older adults in the conduct of patient-oriented research). 
  • Connect with other older adults and caregivers with an interest in supporting and advising on research related to aging and older adults. 
  • Share your wisdom, experience, and curiosity to help improve research and health care for older adults in the province. 
  • Engage with Collaborative members to contribute to and learn more about the research process and the translation and mobilization of the lessons learned through research.